Darzi to focus on hospital doctors

Health minister Lord Darzi may switch his focus from GPs to hospital consultants for the next phase of his NHS reforms.

He said the 115 'Darzi centres' opened so far had 'revolution-ised' GP access, but PCTs will drive any further access plans, not the DoH.

He has launched a report into the progress since his NHS review, High Quality Care for All, was published a year ago, identifying the next steps.

Hospital consultants will be made accountable for budgets to drive efficiency, Lord Darzi said, a voluntary scheme will be set up for peer-to-peer reviews of services, and redundant targets will be scrapped.

The progress report, High Quality for All: Our Journey So Far says 50 GP-led health centres have opened, and 65 practices in underdoctored areas.

Patient budget pilots, NICE's QOF role and commissioning growth are cited as successes.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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